KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- October was a month full of spooks and scares and there was no telling what lurked in the dark underground world of the Cherokee Caverns. However, things have brightened up a bit.
Jim Whidby, Director of the Cherokee Caverns tells us that "Warm Up in the Cave" is a bit of a different event."When we do the Halloween event we have to change the lighting of the cave because it has to be dark and spooky but the warm up event is not scary at all and we encourage any age to come on over."
"Warm Up in the Cave" is an adventure for the whole family thanks to handicap accessible trails.
"They will be walking on the old historical trails built back in the 1920's and they will be going over in about thousand feet underground. Over a hundred energy efficient lights will be on and we encourage people to bring a camera. There's a lot of beautiful formations here to photograph." says Jim.
Usually, it's a cold time of year but the temperatures inside the cave stays at 58 degrees no matter the temperature outside so it's usually a bit warmer.
"The crust of the earth is a very good insulator and serves as a sort of blanket for the cave." explains Jim.
It's events like this that help keep the cave alive and preserved because of a large insurance policy, utilities, and maintenance. The cave requires a lot of money to keep it going and without the help of the community it wouldn't be possible to preserve the cave.
Jim tells us "Tennessee has more caves than any other state. Right now on our survey we have 9,700 known caves in Tennessee. Sharing what is here with the public brings a lot of enjoyment to the volunteers who work so hard.
Warm Up in the Cave is from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Saturday February 5th, 2011. Admission is $7.00 and all ages are encouraged to come.
8524 Oak Ridge Highway
Knoxville, TN 37931